Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

What household or grocery items do you wish you had shipped to post?

None, most available from commissary or locally if you search. Or order stuff online, especially any ethnic foods you love. - Feb 2021


Found pretty much what I needed there, and haven't been wanting for too much. - Jan 2020


Clothes and shoes for my kid. Protein powder (I'm picky). Dye-free OTC medicines for my kid (she has dye sensitivities). Good quality hair products. - Jun 2018


Specialty cooking items--coconut aminos, vital wheat gluten. I also find it cheaper to ship in diapers and wipes. Otherwise I can find everything between the commissary and the local market. - Jan 2018


None, you can get everything at the commissary and/or on the local economy. - Sep 2017


I had access to American-quality products and didn't really need to ship anything. - May 2017


Redbush tea. Decent wine. You just can't get it here. There isn't much else you can't get though. - May 2017


Would not have brought as many dry goods, since we could get them there for less than we paid in DC. - Jan 2016


Clothing, especially if a niqab is not your thing. There are western- style malls with Gap, Zara, H and M, Marks and Spencer...but the fashions are dated, modest and not in keeping with the climate. Shoes also. - Jan 2016


Glad we have our bikes. I can't think of anything we are missing other than our winter clothes. We now get a second R&R, and we are psyched to be going to Europe for Christmas! Wish I had packed a few of my winter clothes. I'll have a friend send them, though. No biggie. - Oct 2014


Gift wrap/tissue paper for gifts, ink for our printer - it has been difficult finding those items and in the case of ink impossible to order over the Internet to have shipped here. - Aug 2014


Everything is available here. - Aug 2014


Camping gear, bikes. - May 2014


Camping gear, bikes, air purifier, uninterruptable power supply. - Apr 2014


An air purifier. And anything where quality is important -- like sheets, towels, etc. Natural specialist foods, - Jul 2013


high-top shoes or short boots. You will turn an ankle on the street if you don't have some support. - Jul 2013


Some knives to wear/carrry on the street. - Jun 2013


Nothing. With the commissary and APO, we can get almost everything we can't find on the local market. - Jun 2013


No, most things are readily available here, or you can order by mail. - May 2013


We order just about everything, including kids' clothes, from the APO because local quality is bad. - May 2013


Nothing really...everything is available here. But we tend to eat naturally: no canned or frozen foods, so we have had no problems. - May 2013


Not much really - about the only thing we have shipped that we can't get here are quality shoes, some clothing (both shoes and clothing sold here is either poor quality or expensive imports), car parts, animal food (the pet food that is available here is generally of poor quality). - Feb 2013


Air purifiers and lots of filters! - Mar 2013


More things to keep the kids busy: board games, more video games, DVDs, pizza-making supplies, ice-cream maker. - Mar 2013


Bed linens. I thought, with Egyptian cotton being so famous, that we could buy them here. But it turns out that they are more expensive and of lower quality here than they are in the US. - Feb 2013


Patience and high blood pressure medication for dealing with Egyptians who try and take your money every moment of your life in Egypt. - Jan 2013


An ironing board! They take the one from the Welcome Kit. Also: mattress cushions - the beds are NOT comfy. Most things, however, you can get here or get delivered here. Amazon and Target are lifesavers (especially with free shipping offers!). - Nov 2012


Air purifiers! - Sep 2011


a small SUV - Aug 2011


Everything is available here - Aug 2011


My own mattress, kid/baby stuff like car seats, strollers, high chairs, big toys like kitchens or slides (all more expensive here). - Jul 2011


Diapers. - Jun 2010


Specific toiletries and skin care items, but other than that, you can find everything here. - Dec 2009


Air purifyers and humidifiers. - May 2008


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